October 10, 2016

The Baseball Record That Will Never Be Broken

One of my best finds from a card show his year was this 1947 Bond Bread Johnny Vander Meer that I found at the Atlanta card show earlier in the year. It's an extremely rare card that I picked up for about $3.00, if I remember correctly and I'm pretty sure the seller really didn't realize that the Bond Bread set is so hard to find. Only one copy has been sold on eBay recently (back in September for $22.50) and that copy had trimmed corners so if I ever actually sold a card I could probably get close to 10x my return. 


Vander Meer of course threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938, a feat which could only really be matched and never surpassed. Three no-hit games in a row would be such an impossibility that Vander Meer will also be the record holder in this category. Interestingly, Vander Meer's second no-hitter was thrown against the Brooklyn Dodgers on the night of the first ever night game at Ebbets Field. 

My only other Vander Meer card in my collection is this Obak mini from the 2009 set. Vander Meer pitched for the Durham Bulls in the minor leagues as they were a part of the Cincinnati Reds organization at the time. The team today has been a part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization since 1998. 


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